4 Common Oil Change Scams (and How to Avoid Them)

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With the exception of electric vehicles, all cars will need many routine oil changes throughout their lifetime. For many people, the most convenient way to accomplish this is to take the car to a shop and have it changed for them. Unfortunately, putting the car in someone else’s hands doesn’t free the user of all … Read more

Chilton vs Haynes vs Online – What’s the Best Auto Repair Manual?

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One of the most valuable resources you can have in a home or commercial garage is a good repair manual. Automotive DIFYers make good use of these manuals to save money and get that sense of accomplishment. Meanwhile, commercial mechanics find the manuals essential due to the wide range of makes and models which pass … Read more

Clutch Pedal Adjustment Tips (and How To)

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There are fewer vehicles on the road each year with a manual transmission. While more drivers prefer automatics and car manufacturers are offering less models with stick shifts, manual transmissions are still preferred by many due to two main reasons: driver involvement and cheaper maintenance/repairs. The clutch pedal is where it all starts. It offers … Read more

What Happens if You Put Gasoline in a Diesel Engine?

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If you’re at the gas station and you accidentally fill your diesel engine vehicle with regular gasoline, then it can cause a lot of problems for your vehicle. You see, a diesel engine does not depend on a spark plug like a gasoline engine does. The gasoline engine depends on the spark plug for the … Read more

9 Reasons Your Project Car Pays for Itself

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Trying to convince the wife to let you buy a Miata? Does the phrase “built not bought” sound like a pipe dream? Allow me to help. Buying a project car was one of the best financial decisions I’ve ever made. A few years ago, a friend of mine happened to be selling his 1994 Mazda … Read more

Symptoms of Having the Wrong Engine Oil in Your Car (What Happens?)

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Engine oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. Without it, vehicles simply wouldn’t function. Motor oil protects your engine by lubricating parts which in turn minimizes heat and friction; the two biggest enemies of engine components. As oil breaks down and becomes contaminated through normal use, it’s critical to follow the car manufacturer’s recommended … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor (and Replacement Cost)

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A fuel rail pressure sensor (commonly known as a fuel pressure sensor) is used in many diesel and some gasoline engines. This sensor is usually located near the middle of the fuel rail and is linked to the engine control unit (ECU), which is the central computer of a vehicle. It shouldn’t be confused with … Read more

How Much to Tip a Car Wash or Auto Detailing Service

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A car wash, whether done professionally or on your own, is one of the most important things to do for your vehicle on a regular basis. Aside from just cleaning your car, it can prevent dirt and residue from building up on the exterior over a long period of time. After all, the longer you … Read more

6 Easy Steps to Hotwire a Car in an Emergency

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Hotwiring is basically when you start up the engine of a vehicle without a key. We’ve all see those movies where the a car thief (or the hero) goes underneath the steering column and twists two wires together to start up a vehicle. Is it really that simple in real life? Well, before there were … Read more